Our text this evening perfectly captures the dual authorship of God's written word. In this command to write down the words of God, we see an effortless gliding from Moses' writing to God's writing — an ambiguity that perfectly captures Scripture's nature as the divine-human book.
Chapter 19 - The Law of God, Part 1
The Law and the History of Redemption - Creation
Genesis 1:27;Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 2:14-15
The Law and the History of Redemption – Ten Commandments Given to Israel
Romans 2:12-15; Matthew 22:36-40; Exodus 20:3-17; Exodus 12:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 35:1-4; 1 John 5:21; Job 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:1; Exodus 16:22-23; Ephesians 5:19; Ephesians 4:28; Genesis 28:6-7; Ephesians 6:1-3; Genesis 9:5-6; Romans 13:9; Genesis 39:7-9; Genesis 30:33; Ephesians 4:28; Exodus 18:21; Ephesians 4:25; Zechariah 8:16; Genesis 3:6; Ephesians 5:3; Psalm 1:1-2
What is the climax of the plagues on Egypt? We've gone through the first nine plagues and the tenth has been threatened. What is all this leading to? Is it the tenth plague? The actual exodus of Israel? The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread? There is a lot packed into this passage, and as we look at it, what we actually see is Jesus permeated throughout all of these events.
The 10 Commandments are summarized in the NT as the two "Love Laws" and the two "Love Laws" in the NT are explained in further detail in the 10 Commandments. We show our love and gratitude to God when we keep His commandments.
The account of the 10 cowardly spies who cause Israel to rebel and sin. Joshua and Caleb stand out in this account but we also discuss the name of Joshua being changed from Oshea (Hoshea) and how it related to Jesus and the cults who claim His name is NOT "Jesus" and all who use that name are deceived.
I have been trying to show you in past sermons that the ark is a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. Being spiritually "in Christ" you are delivered from the wrath of God against your sin. The ark had a door and this door was also a picture of God's purpose. The door was open for a time, for Noah and his household and the animals to enter. And then at the appointed time, the time when God would bring the judgment, the door would be closed. The Lord's shutting the door of the ark is meant to instruct us concerning our responsibility to enter into God's great purposes before it is too late; that we will repent of all of our sins and believe in Christ. In salvation, God Himself will then lead you into a new life of righteousness and holiness.
It is our responsibility to enter into the ark of Christ's salvation and be saved from this present worldly and sinfully perverse generation. We cannot leave the world, but we can leave off our love of the world and our love of sinning when we are in Christ. When we find grace we will be able to change more and more into people who want to do God's will. What I want to do this morning is to show you more of this truth of God's great purposes and your great responsibility in relation to God's shutting Noah in. Let me give you 3 observations.
God's law can teach, it can restrain, and it can disciple. But it cannot save.
That was the problem of the Israelites as they looked at the burning mountain. When they heard the ten commandments, they realized this - as significant as those commandments were, they only condemned, and did not redeem. The fire on the mountain was a reminder that the people still could not approach God, even with the law in hand. So what was their hope? We'll consider that in our continuing study of the Book of Exodus.
Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 77—especially explaining and applying how, both as speakers and as hearers, we are to image the truth-telling, testifying God.
Q77. What is required in the ninth commandment? The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, and of our own and our neighbor's good name, especially in witness-bearing.
Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 78—especially explaining and applying that the ninth commandment forbids not only misusing our mouths but anything that inhibits truthful understanding or honorable names.
Q. 78. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own or our neighbor's good name.
Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 75—especially explaining and applying God's warnings against being thoughtless or careless of His goodness in earthly things to us or to others.
WSC75: What is forbidden in the eighth commandment? The eighth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth or may unjustly hinder our own or our neighbor's wealth or outward estate.
God closes with the thundering of his law... may it lead us to the blessings of Christ.
vv. 1-2: Preamble (Summary of the book)
Blessings for obedience:
vv. 3-5: Abundant food
vv. 6-10: Abundant peace
vv. 11-13: God will dwell amongst them
Curses of the Covenant:
vv. 14-39: The more they persist, the more judgement they build up
Promises for Repentance: